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1995 Follies: Sumana did a presentation for her corporate finance class where she pretended she was a Morgan Stanley investment banker trying to get people to invest in Netscape pre-IPO. I suggested she start off by saying "I bring you tidings... FROM THE FUTURE!". She said "That's basically what she [the professor] explicitly said we couldn't do."

So instead she talked about Netscape's server business and the promise of the web and blah and blah. There were Powerpoint slides, which seems somewhat anachronistic for 1995.

Anyway, this morning we were doing a postmortem, and the conversation turned toward the mid-90s integration of the proprietary online networks (Compuserve, AOL, etc.) into the Internet. Specifically, the common shunning of AOL users. Any mention of shunning calls to Sumana's mind Gentlemen's Agreement, specifically the scene where Gregory Peck can't get a room at a New England inn.

"Yes, I'd like a room." <- Rugged Gregory Peck voice
"Certainly, sir, I think we can accommodate you. If you'll just put your email address down to get on our mailing list."
"Ah. Oh, I see, sir. I'll be quietly shunning you now, sir. It's a free service we provide... FOR THOSE WE DON'T GIVE ROOMS."

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